New York Post
Mar. 5, 2012


Pol wants cop psych tests

By KATE SHEEHY

NYPD patrol officers should be forced to undergo psych exams every three years “to maintain their fitness for duty,’’ says a Bronx state assemblyman.

“The job of a police officer is . . . one of the toughest occupations that a person may engage in, short of active military duty. Many members of the military may suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder and not even be aware of it,’’ said the legislator, Eric Stevenson.

He has criticized cops over the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Bronx drug suspect Ramarley Graham and other incidents where cops opened fire.

He said cops have to “routinely qualify with . . . their service weapons . . . [and] the incongruity becomes patently obvious when and if an officer is psychologically unfit but nevertheless an expert marksman.”

PBA head Pat Lynch said, “There is absolutely no evidence to support the need for this legislation.

“NYC police officers are among the best trained and most restrained in the use of force in the country and are rigorously screened and supervised.”